Thursday, 21 June 2018

100 years ago

OWING to the war, the usual activities of Henley Rowing Club have ceased for the time

OWING to the war, the usual activities of Henley Rowing Club have ceased for the time being but yesterday a race for the Holmes-Labat Challenge Cup took place. The crews comprised past and present members of the Royal Grammar School, all of whom are under military age. The crews were stroked by F Walden and D Vernon respectively. Walden’s crew got well away and at one time was leading by a length-and-a-half before winning by three-quarters of a length.

At the last meeting of the Thames Conservancy it was reported that at locks where the wives of regular men are taking temporary charge they have carried out their duties very satisfactorily. Complaint was made that an official had cut down two trees at Sonning Lock, thereby spoiling one of the most beautiful features of the river. It was explained that the official’s action was the result of an unfortunate mistake.

The funeral took place on Wednesday at Ilford of Arthur Hughes, head of the bell foundry of Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel. Many famous bells have been made at the old foundry, including Big Ben. The bells of St Mary’s Church in Henley were cast at the foundry more than 100 years ago.





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